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Find a Student Placement

As a learning and teaching organization, Access Alliance is committed to providing enriched placement opportunities for students looking for field placements, particularly those who are from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. Students are recognized as a valued and important part of helping to further Access Alliance’s strategic directions.

We accept a limited number of college and university students who express an interest in the health of marginalized populations, including refugees and newcomers. Opportunities for students may be available in health promotion (youth, women, or community engagement and volunteerism), health administration and non-profit management, community-based research, social work and counselling, settlement, nutrition, and medical services.

Due to the high volume of requests we receive for student placements and a limited number of Access Alliance staff who are available to supervise students, we regret that we are unable to find placements for everyone who applies. Finding a placement with us is dependent on whether your skills and learning requirements are a good fit with the few available staff.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for a student placement for spring 2020 and beyond, candidates need to submit a completed application form, along with a résumé and  cover letter with detailed information about the following:

  • your interests and learning objectives
  • the types of roles you would like to be doing at Access Alliance
  • any relevant skills and experience you have
  • what types of support you think you might need from your staff supervisor
  • any other relevant information you think we should know

After we receive the above information, we will contact you to let you know whether a placement is possible.

For more information, please contact our Student Placement Coordinator at volunteer@accessalliance.ca

Student Training

Every fall and winter Access Alliance offers a free training program for students from various disciplines who are interested in working with immigrants and refugees. Topics include:

  • Introduction to Community Health and Wellness
  • Anti-oppression as it informs health promotion practice
  • The role of research, planning and evaluation in promoting health equity

Students currently completing a field placement at any agency are welcome to register for any or all sessions. Students who successfully complete all three workshops will be mailed a certificate.

Please contact us at volunteer@accessalliance.ca for information about upcoming student training sessions.